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The Image File Photography Podcast

Sep 22, 2020

In this episode of the Image File, I talk with the Royal Observatory Greenwich’s Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the year 2020, Nicolas Lefaudeux. His award winning tilt-perspective image of the Andromeda Galaxy will no doubt make the rest of us wonder, “why didn’t I think of that?”

Nicolas is a French optical engineer and amateur astrophotographer who built his own telescope as a teenager and devised a simple, yet effective, tilt adapter that allowed him to capture his winning image.

We discussed the making of that image and the challenge of astrophotography, and I was inspired by his message about dark skies, something rapidly disappearing in Europe. Lefaudeux himself is just outside of Paris, in a Bortle 5 zone. Dark skies for him requires travel. I’m amazed that he’s able to capture deep sky images at all from his location.

I spoke to Nicolas from his home in France. As usual, there are plenty of relevant links to follow along with below.


Award announcement with winning image

Award website

Nicolas Lefaudex’s website

What is tilt-shift?

Lefaudeux’s imaging method

Field of view calculator

Sony A7S

Camera flange size explained

Light pollution map

Dark Sky preserves

More of Lefaudeux’s ingenuity

Lefaudeux’s image of Venus next to Sun

Lefaudeux’s meteorite strike on the moon

December 2020 eclipse in Argentina